A car accident can happen at any time of the day or night. Something as simple as slightly veering toward the side of the road can have catastrophic consequences. Despite this, it may be easy to assume that an accident was the result of a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For example, a man in California now faces vehicular manslaughter accusations after he was allegedly involved in a fatal crash.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in early May. According to reports, the incident involved a trailer that contained a family of four who were sleeping. Police believe that a 33-year-old man was driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle exited the roadway, allegedly causing it to crash into the trailer.

Three people inside the trailer, a 38-year-old man, 34-year-old woman and 10-year-old boy, were killed. The fourth occupant, an 11-year-old girl, is said to have suffered major injuries and was transported to the hospital by helicopter. The man accused of driving the vehicle that crashed into the trailer is facing charges of felony driving under the influence in addition to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

A crash such as this is devastating, and the desire to ensure that someone is held accountable is understandable. However, the vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges that the man is facing in California are serious and will likely have serious consequences if the man is convicted. Despite this, there are many details about the accident — such as how the man’s blood alcohol content was determined and what it was at the time — that are unclear. In all cases involving criminal charges, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.